Discipling Marketplace Leaders

Church-based Business as Mission


The Challenge of Integrity


Posted By on Sep 17, 2018

A student in my Integrity and Finance class at the Africa Theological Seminary in Kenya shared the following situation with me a few days ago: When the whites were leaving Kenya in the 1960’s, there were plots of land being sold at very reasonable prices.  My father and my uncles approached their father, my grandfather, to ask if they could sell some of his cows in order to buy the land.  He said no.  They reapproached him two...

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I am writing from one of my “homes away from home” in Kitale, Kenya.  I have spent more than three years in this little room.  It is the seventh bed that I have been in since leaving home three weeks ago. In the three weeks, I have spent eight days traveling:  from Grand Rapids to Ethiopia:  Addis Ababa, to Arba Minch, back to Addis, to Wolayita, back to Addis.  Then by air to Kampala, Uganda, and then by road to Kitale...

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“A Dream Come True”


Posted By on Sep 2, 2018

Being in Ethiopia during this trip has been like a breath of fresh air. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed On April 2nd of this year, a new Prime Minister was appointed, following the sudden resignation of the previous Prime Minister.  I was in Ethiopia when this happened but I had no idea of the significance of that event.  On this trip, I feel like I’m seeing a different people – a people with hope, a people who believe they have...

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When Life Gives You Lemons…


Posted By on Aug 27, 2018

Arba Minch is a city of about 70,000 people, in the southwest part of Ethiopia, approximately 500 km from Addis Ababa. It is a beautiful area of mountains, lakes, banana and mango farms, and lush green everywhere you look.     When I was growing up in the 1980s, Ethiopia had been struck by a severe famine due to drought, and the picture that I had in my head of Ethiopia was a dry, brown land. I have been traveling to teach in Ethiopia...

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The Power of Multiplication


Posted By on Aug 20, 2018

Last year we had Discipling Marketplace Leaders classes in educational institutions in three countries. So far THIS YEAR we have had DML classes in six countries with more than 175 students! Last year we trained a total of 565 pastors and church leaders in the DML workshops. So far THIS YEAR we have more than doubled that, and have already trained more than 1200 pastors and church leaders! But the news I’m really excited to...

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Problem or Opportunity?


Posted By on Aug 19, 2018

One of the things we like to teach is that we don’t have problems, we have opportunities. God has given us the potential by being made in His image, as well as through the resources of this world and through the body of Christ, to take these opportunities and find ways through them. Nigeria is currently the 7th largest country in the world by population. The largest are (in descending order) China, India, USA, Indonesia, Brazil,...

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Cameroon in Conflict


Posted By on Aug 12, 2018

Lydia is a businesswoman from the Northwest portion of Cameroon, an Anglophone (English speaking) area. Since 2016 it has been caught up in a conflict between the Anglophone and Francophone (French-speaking) Cameroonians. Lydia is Anglophone. She and her husband have a 22-year-old biological son and three adopted children ranging from 18-23 years old. Lydia was forced to close her business on Mondays starting in October of 2016 by...

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Each quarter, our Discipling Marketplace Leader partners submits numbers from their activities in the previous quarter, as well as one story of someone who exemplifies the work that we are trying to do in reclaiming the redeemed Marketplace.  The story today comes from Kenya. When I started working in Kenya in 2013, the World Bank ranked Kenya at 121 out of 190 countries for the ease of doing business.  This year, in 2018, Kenya has...

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A Crown for a Bishop and a Boy


Posted By on Aug 5, 2018

One of the participants in our recent workshop in Ghana shared this story that her mother had told her when growing up: Once upon a time, there was an important Bishop of a Church who oversaw a great number of churches. Working for him was a young man, who started to serve the Bishop as a young child. This young man was tasked with bringing the Bishop his food, washing and ironing his clothes, shining his shoes, and running general...

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Introducing Kareyn Adulu


Posted By on Aug 1, 2018

Kareyn Adulu, DML Trainer and Entrepreneur Each quarter, our Discipling Marketplace Leader partners submits numbers from their activities in the previous quarter, as well as one story of someone who exemplifies the work that we are trying to do in reclaiming the redeemed Marketplace. The story today comes from Kenya. When I started working in Kenya in 2013, the World Bank ranked Kenya at 121 out of 190 countries for the ease of doing...

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